Nifty·Posted on Oct 18, 201542 Seriously Useful Tips Every Clean Freak Needs To KnowBookmark now for your next cleaning spree.by by Peggy WangBuzzFeed Staff, by Jessica ProbusBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Amy Sefton for Buzzfeed 1. Microwave your sponge to kill 99% of germs and bacteria. BuzzFeed Just put sponges or plastic scrubbing pads in the microwave on high for two minutes and let it cool. According to studies, this works way better than putting them in the dishwasher. 2. Then, rub a faucet with waxed paper to prevent water spots and finger prints. creeklinehouse.com You can also remove mineral deposits easily with white vinegar. See more here. 3. Use a binder clip as a sponge stand. Twitter: @clorox This will allow it to air-dry instead of getting all mildewy. 4. Use a seam ripper to get all the hair out of your vacuum bristles. rehanadujour.com See more here. 5. Clean your vacuum filters in the dishwasher. agirlandherneedle.blogspot.com Just don't do it while there are dishes in there. See more here. 6. When your toaster gets all sticky and gunk, just use cream of tartar. areal-lifehousewife.com All you need is a few drops of water, cream of tartar, and a sponge to get your stainless steel appliances looking brand-new again. See the full instructions here. 7. Use an old toothbrush to clean the inside of your toaster. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF youtube.com See the full video here. And always make sure the toaster is unplugged when you clean it! 8. Learn how to clean in between the glass on your oven door. askannamoseley.com Then you'll be able to actually SEE in your oven again. See how here. 9. Use salt to clean cast iron without losing the cure. marthastewart.com See how at Martha Stewart. 10. You can also use a toothbrush and lemons to fully clean your sink drain. apartmenttherapy.com Your sink drain is home to some of the grimiest dirt and germs. Get directions baking soda, a toothbrush, and citrus fruits to get your sink smelling and looking fresh here. 11. Use a bagel to safely clean old paintings. the-brick-house.com Get the full directions here. 12. Clean your nasty oven-hood filter with boiling water and baking soda. onegoodthingbyjillee.com So much grime, so little time. See the instructions here. 13. Clean your clean machine: the washer. onegoodthingbyjillee.com Just use a little bleach and hot water. See how here. 14. Get the mold out of your front-loading washer. cleanandscentsible.com All you need is some bleach, water and a towel. See how here. 15. Start cleaning out your dryer vents. prettyhandygirl.com You'll prevent fires by cleaning out the dryer vent every six months. Get the full directions here. 16. Make the steel plate on your iron smooth and shiny again. fiberosity.com All you need is salt. Get the directions here. 17. Use a cotton swab dipped in vinegar to clean your window tracks. askannamoseley.com For more window cleaning tips, check out Ask Anna. 18. Use baking soda to clean your mattress. apartmenttherapy.com Once you sprinkle the ingredients on, you'll also need to vaccuum the bed. Get the full instructions here. 19. Keep your baseboards clean with dryer sheets. Flickr: sitkaprojects / soap.com Recycle old fabric softener sheets that have already been in the dryer to keep baseboards dust-free. 20. Use an iron to remove REALLY stubborn stains from carpet. homemakerchic.wordpress.com See how here. 21. Use an orphan sock to clean blinds. keephomesimple.blogspot.com Just spray with a little vinegar and water. See instructions here. 22. Use paintbrush to dust off your lighbulbs. BRYAN GARDNER / marthastewart.com Then you don't even have to unplug them. See more genius spring cleaning tips from Martha Stewart here. 23. Keep a dish wand in the shower filled with one-half vinegar, one-half dishwashing detergent. amazon.com This will make it easy and convenient to wipe down the walls while you're in the shower. Much better than just a squeegee. Get one here. 24. Get rid of household odors with vanilla extract in the oven. lifehacker.com Get the recipe here. 25. While cleaning the bathroom, fill the tub up with a couple of inches of the hottest water you can draw from the tap. hgtv.com Heating up the bathroom 10 degrees above the normal air temperature "doubles the effectiveness" of alkaline cleansers, Jenny Botero told HGTV. It's a trick hotel staffers use. Let disinfectants sit for at least five to seven minutes, and always rinse off cleaners to prevent buildup. 26. Clean dust off candles with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol. dpmfragrance.com See more here. 27. Get the grime off the front of your cabinets with baking soda paste. onegoodthingbyjillee.com See how here. 28. Use WD-40 to erase scuff marks on floors. rd.com 29. Pour a packet of lemonade Kool-Aid into the detergent cup of your dishwasher. wikihow.com According to Real Simple, it'll remove lime deposits and iron stains. (So who knows what it will do to your ~body~.) 30. Hang your brooms and mops upright instead of storing them on the floor. amazon.com This keeps them from getting mildewed and bent, and keeps extra dust from collecting around them. Get this one here. 31. Use a rubber band and a plastic baggie to clean your showerhead. thenymelrosefamily.com See directions here. 32. Clean the dust off fan blades with an old pillowcase (and a ladder!). Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF youtube.com See more here. 33. Get the sweat and face gunk off your pillows with bleach and hot water. onegoodthingbyjillee.com Directions here. 34. Use a lint roller to clean your lampshade. creeklinehouse.com See more at Creek Line House. 35. Make your own DIY Goo Gone to get rid of any sticky residue. rosybluhandmade.com No chemicals and no gunk. Get the instructions here. 36. Use Bar Keeper's Friend and detergent to clean porcelain sinks and tubs. the36thavenue.com See how here. 37. To get the nooks and crannies of your toilet super clean, take the lid off and use a screwdriver and Clorox Wipe. askannamoseley.com See how at Ask Anna. 38. Use canned air to blow dust and debris out of exhaust fans. familyhandyman.com It could actually save lives — exhaust fans are a common cause of household fires. 39. Use newspaper to get streak-free windows. mom4real.com See how here. 40. Keep your toilet brush clean and smelling fresh by pouring a bit of Pine-Sol in the bottom of the holder. blog.homedepot.com See more here. 41. Use a Magic Eraser to clean your keyboard. themamasgirls.com So much finger grime. See more here. 42. Use a hair catcher to keep your drains from getting clogged. amazon.com Available here.